|ENVS 295 - Modeling Environmental Systems|
In this socially relevant course, you will learn to use computer simulation models to create sustainable environmental policies from a Systems Thinking perspective. Systems Thinking is the art and science of making reliable inferences about the behavior of complex systems. Based on class interest, you will study four of these six enduring and profound environmental models: (1) predator-prey interdependency, (2) consumption of scarce resources, (3) population dynamics, (4) spread of epidemics, (5) limits to growth, and (6) global warming. For each of these models, you will analyze the underlying assumptions on which they are built, and then use computer simulation to create policies that make them sustainable over the long-term. These models will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about how complex environmental systems behave. Enrollment Limit: 19.
The full syllabus is available at http://www.uvm.edu/~lpolya/ENVS%20295/Syllabus/Syllabus%202013.doc
It is preferred, but not required, that you have taken ENVS 195--Systems Thinking
Other: STELLA simulation modeling
|Frequency: Once a year|
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